Pace of flight cancellations quickens in Upstate NY as snowstorm approaches

American Airlines canceled all flights to New York City's two airports Tuesday as carriers grounded more than 5,300 trips ahead of a winter storm that threatens to batter the U.S. Northeast.

A report issued by International Airport of Cancun said that most flights are expected to resume normally for Tuesday, however, the National Weather Service is predicting up to an additional 30 inches of snow along the New York - Pennsylvania border.

But, airlines are already waiving change fees, so passengers can get a jump start on revising their travel plans.

United Airlines, the dominant carrier at Newark Liberty International Airport, has yet to cancel Tuesday departures but that's nearly certain to change.

Southwest Airlines say they expect to ground almost all flights in the Northeast on Tuesday, according to the article, and it's likely other carriers will follow suit.

Emirates and Etihad Airways cancelled flights scheduled for Tuesday to Boston and NY, while passengers scheduled to depart or arrive at USA destinations are also being advised to check their flight status.

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If you were planning to fly out of the Mitchell International Airport Tuesday to the eastern United States through Wednesday, the operative word is "were". For Tuesday, almost 120 flights had already been scrapped by Sunday afternoon with hundreds more likely to come.

For example, Chicago is the most affected city: 47 per cent of all the flights in and from the city have been disrupted.

But the worst weather-related problems were expected at airports serving New York, Philadelphia, Washington, Boston and Baltimore.

Delta Air Lines, for example, waived travel scheduled for March 12 in the Mid-Atlantic region and is waiving March 14 and 15 for the Northeast. This policy also applies to American Airlines, Iberia and Finnair flights on these routes. We also talked with a man who was trying to get to Houston, Texas but his flight was canceled because of the domino effect.

United: Customers traveling through affected airports can rebook through March 17 without paying a change fee.

  • Ronnie Bowen